Areas expected to be worst hit by MOT demand revealed by DVSA

Here's the top 20 areas set to see highest MOT demand in October and November

Areas expected to be worst hit by MOT demand revealed by DVSA
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Glasgow is set to see the biggest increase in MOT demand this autumn with a 68 per cent increase in the number of tests required, DVSA data released today (Tuesday 18 August) shows.

In data revealing the top 20 areas which will bear the brunt of the MOT demand in October and November, all but one postcode across the UK will see demand for tests rise by over 50 per cent.

Falling just behind Glasgow with the biggest increase in demand is Edinburgh and Leicester with a 67 per cent and 63 per cent increase on a typical year as motorists granted an MOT exemption try to book their test alongside millions whose MOT is normally due.

In June 2.7 million motorists had their MOT test done in June, including 442,724 retests, and 3.1 million MOTs were completed nationally in July, including 549,489 retests.

In August so far, 20,000 more motorists a day are getting their MOT done, compared to the same period last year.

However, there are still currently almost four million MOTs due each month in October and November.

Related: DVSA data shows extra 20,000 MOT tests conducted every day so far this month

Chris Price, head of MOT policy at DVSA, said: “Now exemptions have ended, millions of motorists will be making sure their vehicle is safe by getting an MOT done.

“Garages across the country will see demand start to peak during September, with almost double the number of MOTs due in October and November.”

Areas set to see highest MOT demand in October and November

  Area Forecast expiries in Oct and Nov 2020 Typical tests in Oct and Nov Extra MOT tests required Increase on a typical year
1 Birmingham 232,900 146,147 86,753 59.36%
2 Sheffield 164,001 105,081 58,920 56.07%
3 Nottingham 139,245 88,602 50,643 57.16%
4 Leicester 139,087 85,271 53,816 63.11%
5 Peterborough 136,944 84,185 52,759 62.67%
6 Bristol 136,328 86,603 49,725 57.42%
7 Glasgow 126,968 75,454 51,514 68.27%
8 Cardiff 124,040 76,197 47,843 62.79%
9 Newcastle upon Tyne 122,430 76,541 45,889 59.95%
10 Reading 119,882 74,054 45,828 61.88%
11 Manchester 112,970 70,075 42,895 61.21%
12 Coventry 111,145 68,627 42,518 61.96%
13 Portsmouth 110,647 71,323 39,324 55.14%
14 Guildford 105,299 66,637 38,662 58.02%
15 Norwich 103,388 66,265 37,123 56.02%
16 Tunbridge Wells 103,016 65,180 37,836 58.05%
17 Derby 101,918 63,743 38,175 59.89%
18 Swansea 100,275 61,360 38,915 63.42%
19 Edinburgh 97,115 58,207 38,908 66.84%
20 Southampton 96,727 61,943 34,784 56.15%

The DVSA’s ‘Beat the Rush’ campaign, is encouraging motorists with an MOT exemption to get their test done this August when demand is generally lower, to ensure their vehicle is safe to drive and to beat the rush.

The peak will see garages facing unprecedented demand – but the Independent Garage Association (IGA) says the challenge could present an opportunity.

Stuart James, chief executive officer of the IGA, said: “The Independent Garage Association supports DVSA’s Beat the Rush MOT campaign.

“MOT slots will be more difficult to book in the next few months, so we recommend that garages communicate this to their customers and advise them to book their MOT at their earliest convenience.

“Independents will rise to the challenge to address the demand for MOTs and ensure vehicle safety. It will be an opportunity to increase their customer base for future years if they can satisfy wider customer demand at this challenging time.”

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